Creativity: on manifestations, why we create and what conditions are most conducive for sparking ideas


Digital by Design explored this question in the first of a series of sessions for Visible by Design. With participants with us in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Sackler Centre as well as people joining us virtually from as far away as Nairobi, we had a range of professions/disciplines covered – from medical science to structural engineering (oh, and design thrown in the mix too!).

There was a lot of discussion about observation, stimulation and capturing inspiration in order to facilitate and develop ideas but, I found the following 3 lines of enquiry particularly interesting:

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The best of 2011: Afri-love commentary

Commentary highlights from the year spanning identity, culture, design, technology, entrepreneurship, natural hair and more …

Rise of the Afropolitan


The V&A Afropolitans Friday Late event earlier this year was a major event. The "world's greatest museum of art and design" dedicated an evening to contemporary African and African Diaspora design and culture. Over 5,000 people attended proving that there are a lot of people who either identify with the term or are at least intrigued by it. Record label exec – Yemi Alade-Lawal, journalist, poet and writer – Tolu Ogunlesi, author – Hannah Pool, blogger – Minna Salami and I participated in a great panel discussion that went by way too quickly. Some great questions arose and I took the opportunity to expand on some of my thoughts on the blog: "Is there any use for the term 'Afropolitan'".

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